How: To register, call 915.219.8554, email email@example.com or visit www.LasLatinitas.com/ElPaso Participants can register for the full-week or daily. A limited number of scholarships are available.
This Summer, local girls have an opportunity to get a taste of what their life could be like as a movie star, a news anchor, a photographer, a radio dj, a magazine writer, a poet, a graphic designer and more in Latinitas multimedia art camps. Through intense week-long day camp program, girls can find their creative expression outlet by producing original media arts projects.The Latinitas camp is led by a team of women educators, role models and mentors experienced in guiding girls in hands-on lessons, interactive presentations, team challenges, and fun games that address girl issues and encourage self-esteem, expression, confidence and empowerment. Girls will produce original multimedia arts projects and master techniques in photography, writing, design, radio production and filmmaking. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
JOIN THE 100 MUJERES CAMPAIGN
Latinitas is kicking-off a campaign to rally women to help ensure the future success of young Latinas. We are starting a movement to unite 100 mujeres in the cause of empowering young Latinas. We invite women leaders to make an investment in the next generation of Latina leaders. Your monthly donation of $10 can make a significant difference in helping empower Latinitas to build confidence, discover their voice and become leaders.
HOW DOES YOUR $100 DONATION MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
$10 a month for 10 months helps cover…
-sponsorship for a week-long half day summer camp for 1 girl
-give 5 girls a field trip to college campus
-sponsor 1 girl in our after school program for 1 full semester
-host a multimedia arts workshop for 10 girls
-help 10 girls attend one of our girl empowerment conferences
-provide media training for 1 youth editorial advisory board member for 1 semester
-contribute towards a $500 university scholarship of a college leader
The Latinitas Scholarship Fund was started to help young Latina college students reach their academic goals. Latinitas is dedicated to empowering the next generation of young Latina leaders to reach their fullest potential. We’ve met thousands of young Latinas in our multimedia enrichment programs and in the production of our digital magazine. Our team has been struck by the daunting challenges many young Latinas face. As the nation’s largest minority and fastest growing youth population, it is vital for us to help these young women reach their full potential. The Latinitas Scholarship Fund was started to help young Latinas reach their goals by providing leadership and scholarship opportunities for Latina college students. Make an investment in our future and support Latinitas scholarship fund to assist Latina college students in reaching their higher education goals. DONATE NOW.
We count on our mothers to play many roles in our lives. They are there for us whenever we need them to be our teachers, role models, idols, friends and heroes. These Latinitas share the special role their mother plays in their life and what makes them special…
My Best Friend by Paulete Espinoza
I grew up with three brothers, no sisters, and my mom and dad. I was basically surrounded by boys all the time, it wasn’t anything different or weird for me, but quite the opposite. I’ve never had good luck finding friends that are girls, on the contrary, they bullied me when I was little. All I have is my mom. She’s my best friend, my teacher, my role model, and my other half. I can talk to her like a best friend, telling her everything about anything. She would encourage me and give me her best advice. We fight like sisters, we go shopping together, and we even have some hand signals that only we both know. We can tell what the other one is thinking with just one look. We have a strong bond with one another that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. She’s a psychotherapist. Every time I want her advice about something, she tries treating me like a patient and. She goes all “freaky Friday” on me and starts saying “And how do you feel about that?” I sometimes have to yell at her because I don’t want therapy, I want a friend. Then she realizes what she’s doing and tells me “Oh my god, no way” and that’s when I know my best friend is back. She’s the sister, and best friend I never had.
My Idol by Patty Ramirez
My name is Patty. I am currently seventeen years old and I am about to graduate from high school. I am the middle child out of three girls and the daughter of divorced parents. My parents have been divorced since 2007, after the divorce my sisters and I continued living with my mom. Considering the fact that this is about my mom I’ll tell you some things about her. My mom’s name is Martha and she’s 46 years old. My mom is the definition of “idol.” I have been extremely blessed to be granted with the strongest, smartest and prettiest mom in the world. I assure you that by me describing my mom doesn’t do any justice. She is the kind of person that is willing to help others when she has the ability to do so. Just before my parent’s divorce they had purchased a brand new house in which they both planned on paying for together with both their incomes. Unfortunately, about one or two years after their purchase they finalized their divorce. It seemed as if no one had faith in my mom keeping our new house with her one paycheck income. After difficult months my mom realized that with the job she had then she wouldn’t be able to keep the house. She then decided to become a truck driver who worked out of town. With my mom out of town this meant that my sisters and I would have to mature extremely fast in order for my mom to be comfortable working up to 2 weeks at a time on the road. Just as it was hard for us to grow up I can imagine how hard it was on my mom to miss her three daughters growing up. I’m grateful to this day that my mom has managed to keep the house everyone thought she would lose. My older sister became a huge mother figure for my younger sister and I by attending our award assemblies to taking us to get school uniforms. Although my mom couldn’t be ,she made it feel as if she was, she would send us good morning messages and she would plan birthday dinners if she knew she wouldn’t be here on our actual birthday. My sisters and I grew up knowing that she was working out of town to support us and give us what we needed. Currently, my mom is a worker in Carlsbad working two jobs transporting water and working up to 24 hours a day. My sisters and I are all attending school working hard to finish so one day my mom won’t need to. In my opinion, my mom is the perfect mom and she deserves the world.
EL PASO APRIL 2014 NEWSLETTER
BUTTERFLY EFFECT BENEFIT
May 3, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wyndham Hotel (2027 Airway)
“The Butterfly Effect Benefit” will be held on May 3rd at the Wyndham Hotel. This benefit event celebrates the women who help us spread our wings. The event features a brunch, spa day booths, live entertainment performances, a fashion show, inspirational guest speakers, and raffle prizes. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the event also features pampering with manicures, massages, make-up consultations and shopping. The funds generated from the event support our scholarship campaign. Sponsorship and booth opportunities are available. We gladly accept donations of silent auction items and door prizes. With every gift we ensure more girls in El Paso are connected with valuable programs and mentors that motivate, educate and inspire them. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door.
RESERVE YOUR TICKET NOW: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butterfly-effect-benefit-tickets-11008485677
MOTHER &DAUGHTER WORKSHOP – STAY TEEN DAY
May 24, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Kennedy Community Center
During teen pregnancy prevention month in May, Latinitas is teaming up with the El Paso Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition to host a mother & daughter workshop aimed at encouraging teen girls to keep open lines of communication with their parents, to promote healthy relationship, to encourage confidence and to help girls get informed to prevent teen pregnancy. This workshops is specifically designed for teen girls and moms. Workshops will focus on confidence, healthy relationships, teen development and teen parent testimonials. The theme of the event is to encourage girls to Stay Teen by enjoying their youth and preventing teen pregnancy. An optional session with parent permission slips will be presented by UMC Health Educators on the topic of contraception. For more information, contact us at 915.219.8554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Highlight: STEM Extravaganza
On April 5th, Latinitas hosted five workshops at the Science, Technology and Engineering Extravaganza held by the Mexican-American Society of Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.The event brought 550 high school students for a fun-filled day of hands on activities. The theme of the event focused on “The Future is Calling, Who Will You Be?” which encouraged local high school students to consider a career in science and engineering. During the event, the Latinitas team completed a full-day series of workshops for local high school students on web design and HTML coding. In addition to hands-on activities during the workshops, guest speakers shared their experience with website development and the technology side of media.
Volunteer Spotlight: Olga Ochoa
Olga Ochoa, a volunteer since 2012, started as a Youth Outreach Intern and is now one of the coordinators for the Girl Talk workshops hosted by Latinitas at the Juvenile Detention Center. Olga is a key leader in guiding young women in the detention center through hands-on self-expression activities. The goal of these activities is to boost their self-esteem, promote good decision making and encourage girls to take steps towards a positive future. Girls have participated in projects to help them share their own experiences, and discuss important topics like healthy relationships, goal setting, education and confidence. “[Latinitas] is important for young girls because it helps them see and think ahead. I would recommend it to others because it is a great way to establish motivation among young girls and guide them to succeed in their future,” says Olga. Olga is an inspirational role model to young girls. She graduated from UTEP with a BA in Anthropology and is currently wrapping up her last semester as a Masters student.
Club Spotlight: Global Youth Service Day
The annual celebration of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) occurs every year in April. This year, from April 11th – April 13th, millions of youth across the nation will volunteer and create campaigns to improve their communities. Through service learning and community service projects, GYSD aims to improve the quality of life across the U.S.! Club Latinitas joined the GYSD fun by creating diverse projects. The girls in our clubs rallied together to tackle tough issues like smoking, body image, and academic success.
Using several multimedia methods, girls selected the perfect medium for their campaign.
In one club, posters were created for a Tobacco Prevention Campaign called Kick Butts Day. These anti-smoking posters will be shared and seen by their fellow classmates.
The girls at North Loop Elementary encouraged their peers to stay in school through a PSA! These multimedia mavens will debut their video on their own Website.
In Horizon Middle School and Parkland Elementary School, the girls created a Be YOUnique project by making morning announcements and posters with tips on boosting self-esteem to share with their peers. From one girl to the next, the girls know what they’re talking about.
These chicas are passionate about helping make a difference in their community and are excited to showcase their work during GYSD!
Partner Spotlight: AAUW
We are proud to continue to partner with the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. By empowering women and girls in the community, and across the nation at over 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners, the AAUW is breaking barriers to improve the quality of life of mujeres. The AAUW is a tremendous partner for Latinitas in helping co-host the Aim High and the International Women’s Day Celebration. Members of AAUW served as volunteers throughout both events, assisted with sponsorships, helped with set-up, registration, meal preparation, and were key guest speakers and career panelists. Thanks to generous support from National AAUW, Latinitas will be leading a series of career exploration and college preparation activities in our fall after-school programs at local housing communities.
Spring 2014 Intern Spotlight
Itzel Nava, a Photography Intern, is a Freshmen at El Paso Community College studying Surgical Tech. “What I like most about Latinitas is that they are willing to help Latinas around the community without getting anything in return,” she adds.
Paulete Espinoza, Editorial Intern, is studying Journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her career goals include “becoming the editor/writer of a magazine or a print publishing media” and “[changing] a person’s life with the words I write in a magazine or newspaper.”
Lynnette Hernandez, Translation Intern, is currently pursuing her Masters at the University of Texas at El Paso. “I like that [Latinitas] focuses on empowering young Latinas and [how] it provides a safe environment for them to grow and learn new skills,” shares.
Abril Ramos, Marketing Intern, graduated in 2013 with a BA in Media Advertising from the University of Texas at El Paso.
“As a young Latina myself, I could not think of a better place to strengthen my skills and experience new and powerful [educational opportunities] by volunteering with Latinitas],” she shares.
Donor Spotlight: United Way
United Way of El Paso continues to improve the lives of El Paso families by developing programs and assisting non-profit organizations that meet the core values of the United Way (integrity, diversity, accountability, and leadership). Through a mini-grant program, “Pennies for Change” collection, United Way helped fund our Smart Chicas program. Smart Chicas encouraged girls to stay in school and to go to college. As part of this college-bound initiative, Smart Chicas hosted career and college panels, college prep activities, and field trips to UTEP, Texas Tech and EPCC for our after-school clubs. In doing so, girls in our clubs created multimedia projects using photography, blogs, posters, videos, and podcasts. The multimedia projects encouraged their peers to stay in school and explore higher education.
Donation Request – Art Supply Drive
It’s almost summer time! Summer is the perfect time to spend with family, either outdoors, swimming, or family vacations. For some Latinitas it can be the opposite, a lonely time, indoors and isolated while parents work all day. Our summer programs helps girls engage in fun art activities and digital media projects. Art supplies are needed to help support some free art summer workshops for girls in the community. If you, or someone you know, has extra materials or is willing to boost the summer fun of local girls and teens, please consider donating the following items:
- Tempra paint
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Water colors
- Color Pencils
- Mixed media paper
- Oil pastels
- Exterior paint for mural projects
Latinitas Internships: Summer 2014
Become a Latinitas Intern! Latinitas is now accepting applications for candidates interested in becoming a part of our Summer 2014 Intern team! This hands-on professional opportunity is open to college and high school students who would like to gain experience, develop their portfolio and build their resume. Latinitas is offering the following internship positions:
- Educational Outreach Intern
- Editorial Intern
- Marketing & PR Intern
- Graphic Design Intern
- Video & Photography Intern
- Event Planning Intern
For additional information, visit:
To apply, submit your resume to email@example.com
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
El Paso TX, 79935
WHAT: Girl Power Fest is a girl empowerment conference featuring inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and a teen resource fair on the topics of girl power, confidence, body image and leadership.
WHO: The event is hosted by the Latinitas Teen Leadership Institute & Women in Business Association and is open to girls 10 to 18.
WHERE: UTEP Union East
WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014 (10AM-3:30PM)
WHY: The focus of the event is to encourage girls to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves, promote healthy lifestyles and make wise decisions. Inspiring guest speakers will help girls learn about issues girls face and discover real solutions on how to overcome these challenges. The event will feature informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, panelists, booth fair and multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying. An information fair will highlight booths featuring community groups and local youth resources. Pre-teen and teen girls will discuss the challenges facing girls today and explore positive ways to deal with stress through hands-on creative expression activities revolving around poetry, acting, photography, art and song. Girls will also enjoy dance performances, a fashion show and music entertainment. A limited number of scholarships are available and group discounts may apply.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH & SPA DAY BENEFITS LATINITAS
El Paso, TX – The “Butterfly Effect Benefit” scholarship fundraiser aims to pamper, feed, entertain, relax and delight mothers, daughters and guests. Latinitas will host this event celebrating mothers on May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the weekend before Mother’s Day, at the Wyndham Hotel by the airport El Paso. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $35 at the door. The benefit is geared towards local female leaders.
The Butterfly Effect fundraiser will start off with a light brunch catered by the Wyndham Hotel, while live musical and dance performances provide entertainment. Guest speakers will share an inspirational message with guests. Manicures, mini-makeovers,and makeup consultations will all be available as part of the admission courtesy of Milan Cosmetology Institute and Milan Salon & Spa.
Participants will also have the opportunity to win prizes and bid on a number of items in a silent auction. As part of the celebration of mothers, Latinitas will also host an essay and poetry contest focused on Mother’s Day and the top winner will be recognized at the festivities. Dedicated to building the self-esteem and confidence of its girls, Latinitas will present a fashion show featuring clothing by local boutiques and modeled by Latinitas members. This special day of recognition offers the opportunity to honor mothers and motherly figures, to celebrate Latinitas’ services and commitment to the community, and to raise funds for their college scholarship campaign. Money is raised through admission fees, sponsorships, vendor booth fees, silent auction of themed gift baskets, and raffles for the Latinitas scholarship campaign.
Latinitas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Hispanic girls through media, art, culture and technology. Through creative expression workshops, after-school programs and camps, the girls build confidence about themselves and gain a higher self-esteem. Latinitas encourages girls to express themselves through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, graphic art, desktop publishing, web design, photography, filmmaking and radio production. Positive mentors encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior. Latinitas youth members also produce LatinitasMagazine.org, a digital empowerment magazine by and for Latina youth.
The Butterfly Effect mother-daughter fundraiser hopes to help Latinitas spread its wings of positive influence to reach more of the region’s girls by emphasizing the importance of creative expression and confidence during their metamorphosis into strong women. The event’s name reflects the organizations belief that together, big changes are possible. Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butterfly-effect-benefit-tickets-11008485677 For more information about the event, call 219-8554, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit LasLatinitas.com.
BUTTERFLY EFFECT BENEFIT – May 3 (El Paso, TX)
Mark your calendar for the “The Butterfly Effect Benefit” on May 3 at the Wyndham Hotel from 9am to 1pm. Come celebrate Mother’s Day early at The Butterfly Effect Benefit with spa day booths, manicures, fashion show, brunch, live musical entertainment, dance performances, inspirational guest speakers and a silent auction. Guests will feel pampered with spa day booths featuring manicures, facials, mini-makeovers, make-up consultations and swag bags on a first-come, first-serve basis. The funds generated from the event will support the Latinitas scholarship campaign. With every gift, we ensure more girls in El Paso are connected with valuable programs and mentors that motivate, educate and inspire them. Get your tickets now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butterfly-effect-benefit-tickets-11008485677